MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
5/3/2015 Chad Smith, P (Oak), P
The Athletics have recalled Smith from Triple-A Nashville and demoted Ryan Cook.

Analysis: Smith was 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA as the closer with Nashville, getting two saves in four chances. He had a blown save Saturday night at Round Rock. The 25-year-old Smith made his major league debut with Detroit last year and had a 5.40 ERA in 10 appearances. He was claimed by Oakland in February.
5/3/2015 Tim Hudson, P (SF), P
Hudson allowed three runs on two hits over eight innings of Saturday's 5-4 win over the Angels.

Analysis: It was his first victory of the season, and it could have been even more impressive if both hits hadn't left the yard. Hudson has allowed five home runs over his last three starts.
5/3/2015 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B (Ari), 1B
Goldschmidt homered in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.

Analysis: The Arizona first baseman is batting .545 with six RBIs over his last five games.
5/3/2015 Gio Gonzalez, P (Was), P
Gonzalez evened his record by limiting the Mets to six hits in seven innings of Saturday's 1-0 victory.

Analysis: Gonzalez struck out nine and has 17 Ks in 12 innings of his last two starts.
5/3/2015 Zack Cozart, SS (Cin), SS
Cozart was 3 for 5 with a two-run homer in Saturday's win in Atlanta.

Analysis: The Cincinnati shortstop is batting .342 over his last 20 games.
5/3/2015 Dan Haren, P (Mia), P
Haren held the Phillies to four hits in six innings of Saturday's 7-0 win.

Analysis: Haren has won consecutive starts, and his work at Marlins Park has been especially encouraging with a 2-0 record and 1.59 ERA in three starts.
5/3/2015 Martin Prado, 3B (Mia), 3B
Prado was 2 for 3 with a three-run homer, double and four RBIs in Saturday's win over Philadelphia.

Analysis: Prado has driven in 12 runs in 10 games, and if Dee Gordon keeps hitting in the leadoff spot, you can expect those chances to keep coming.
5/3/2015 Dee Gordon, 2B (Mia), 2B
Gordon was 3 for 3 with two walks in Saturday's win over Philadelphia.

Analysis: Gordon leads the majors with a .440 average and is 16 for 23 (.696) during a stretch of six straight multihit games.
5/3/2015 Mike Fiers, P (Mil), P
Fiers surrendered a run and three hits while striking out 12 in six innings of Saturday's win over the Cubs.

Analysis: Fiers picked up his first victory and showed what made him successful a season ago, coming within two of his career-high strikeout mark. He's fanned 18 in 10 innings over his last two starts.
5/3/2015 Jean Segura, SS (Mil), SS
Segura was 4 for 5 with a triple and two RBIs in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

Analysis: Segura had been 0 for 12 in three games.
5/3/2015 Francisco Liriano, P (Pit), P
Liriano limited the Cardinals to a run and three hits in eight innings of Saturday's 2-1 11-inning loss.

Analysis: The left-hander lowered his opponent batting average to .130, but his run-support average of 2.51 is denying him victories.
5/3/2015 Jordan Walden, P (StL), P
Walden has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflamed right biceps. Reliever Sam Tuivailala was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

Analysis: Walden stopped warming up in the eighth inning Saturday. He's 0-1 with an 0.87 ERA in 12 games with 12 strikeouts in 10 1-3 innings.
5/2/2015 Eric O'Flaherty, P (Oak), P
O'Flaherty has landed on the 15-day DL for the A's.

Analysis: O'Flaherty has a left shoulder strain and will see team doctors. "Gave him some time off, hopefully gave him enough time for it to go away and it did," manager Bob Melvin said. "So, we have to give him some rest."
5/2/2015 Brandon Phillips, 2B (Cin), 2B
Phillips went 2 for 4 with two RBIs in Friday's 4-3 loss at Atlanta.

Analysis: After hitting .118 over his first five games, Phillips is batting .338 over his last 17.
5/2/2015 Joey Votto, 1B (Cin), 1B
Votto is having a big series against the Atlanta Braves, going 4 for 8 with two doubles in the first two games.

Analysis: Votto is 6 for 13 with a homer and two doubles in his last four games after going hitless in 15 at-bats over his previous four.
5/2/2015 Andre Ethier, RF (LAD), RF
Ethier went 2 for 3 with his fourth home run in Friday's 8-0 win over Arizona.

Analysis: Ethier has homered in his last two games and is 8 for 20 with three homers in his last six.
5/2/2015 Yonder Alonso, 1B (SD), 1B
Alonso got back on track Friday with three hits in a 14-3 win over Colorado.

Analysis: Alonso had been just 1 for 18 over his previous five games.
5/2/2015 Derek Norris, C (SD), C
Norris went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBIs in Friday's win.

Analysis: Norris is batting .409 over his last 13 games.
5/2/2015 Justin Upton, LF (SD), LF
Upton appears to be out of his funk after going 3 for 4 with two RBIs in Friday's 14-3 win over Colorado.

Analysis: Upton had been 5 for 32 (.156) with six RBIs over his previous nine games.
5/2/2015 Yangervis Solarte, 3B (SD), 3B
Solarte went 2 for 5 with four RBIs in Friday's 14-3 win over Colorado.

Analysis: Solarte has gone 7 for 15 with seven RBIs over his last four games.
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